Wednesday, September 26, 2007
1. FINALLY! The Office starts TOMORROW NIGHT, making tomorrow the longest work day of all time. We are continuing our The Office party tradition by inviting the few friends we have in Tampa over to watch it with us.
2. Women's World Cup Semi Final game is tomorrow at 8:00 AM, USA versus Brazil. The winner will play Germany in the final. That's Natasha Kai in the photo. With her 15 tats and a lip ring, this flyin' Hawaiian should automatically get more playing time. Go USA!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
I have two definite weddings coming up:
And there's a possibility of a third on the horizon. Woot!
In other news, the website is nearly done. The photos aren't loading correctly, though, so I'll be tackling that all day today and probably further into this week. You'll know when it's done. :) Unfortunately, now that the website has been sitting as is, I've come up with other ideas that I want to use. I need to get a site up, though, so I'll work on my new ideas after everything is up and running. Then I might change it. Hah.
ps: we hung out with our fantastic friend Keith on Saturday and went out to Dade City and had a lovely time.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
[certain words used are not for queasy silly boys]
What we knew: that the pill stops ovulation (passing of an egg into the uterus) and it also makes the uterus lining [edit: un-]inhabitable.
What we didn't know: that the pill doesn't always stop ovulation.
Therefore, if you ovulate and an egg is fertilized while on the pill, it can't implant itself on the uterus lining to grow. A fertilized egg begins dividing while still in the fallopian tubes - meaning it has already begun dividing and growing before it implants itself into the uterus lining. So if the uterus lining isn't inhabitable, then your growing egg dies like an unfertilized egg would die.
We believe that conception begins at fertilization, when a fertilized egg begins to grow and divide. And though we don't want/can't afford a baby right now, we don't want to kill babies either. So old-school barrier methods it is. That means Kallie isn't going to Walgreens to buy a new pill pack to start on Sunday. That is weird.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Can any of our UF friends give us some details?
Was anyone there?
And read this article.
This is insane.
We are very upset about this. It's a college campus. This is what happens. Dissent can be good for our country. At least he isn't apathetic like most college kids. He even said, "if you let me up, I'll walk out of here right now." That's just not right.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
It's called God grew tired of us, and won a bajillion awards last year.
It's about a group of Sudanese refugees who escape the genocide in Darfur and their struggle to assimilate in America. You will feel every emotion possible in watching this movie, mixing moments of anger and desperation with a lot of light hearted, downright hilarious scenes. The guys are also Christians, and have a lot of interesting things to say about the faith (most notably their confusion on how we celebrate Christmas).
I hear it's a lot like Lost Boys, which came out a couple years ago, but we haven't seen that yet so we have no comparison.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Matthew 18:2-4 (New International Version)
"He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
"James' parents visited last weekend,
bringing us some furniture that had been in storage.
We passed the World Trade Center site a few times while they were here, coming or going from this thing or that. At one point, James' mother stopped to take a few photos, and Riley and I stopped for a difficult life lesson.
"But why are they doing so much construction here?" Riley asked.
I picked him up so he could better see, and I scrambled for an answer appropriate for a 4 year old. "Once, before we lived here, right here were the two tallest buildings in New York. Lots and lots of people worked here. And then, honey, a few years ago, some people who don't understand God's love did a terrible thing. They took airplanes and flew them in the buildings. The buildings started on fire and fell down, and many, many people died." I stopped there. Was that too much for him? Would he understand the gravity of the situation?
Riley looked at me and held my eyes for a moment, testing me to see if my words were the truth. Then he tucked his head into my neck and cried. I looked silently out at the site and allowed him to share in the grief of so many.
His tears were brief as his optimistic and hopeful spirit buoyed. Riley picked up his head and looked at me, inspired.
"But they're building a new one, right? And it will be strong, STRONG! "
"Yep. They'll build it so it is very safe. And we'll pray that God protects the city, too."
"They will build it out of BRICKS. Then it will be so strong."
I walked on with him then, praying that God would protect the city and my son's tender heart."
Thursday, September 13, 2007
The game is at 5am again.
The girls looked soft for large chunks of the last game (a lucky 2-2 draw), specifically because they had no midfield whatsoever. But they still haven't lost since 2004.They may need to lure Mia Hamm out of retirement.
Or just dress up David Beckham...because he talks like a girl.
G. dubs is giving a major speech on Iraq right now.
And of course everyone running for president gets to put their two cents in afterwards. Apparently all the candidates would have gotten it right from the start, who knew?!
Regardless of how you feel about the war, there are plenty of our troops and Iraqi civilians caught in the crossfire. Be sure to pray for them, and also for those who wish to do them harm (Jesus said something about that, right?). Everyone wants this to end soon, but also to end in a way that brings stability to the region. Hopefully that's possible. Please put blame game politics aside and ask God for peace and justice in these difficult times.
Also (and less importantly), BIG BIG THANK YOU to one of my oldest friends, Ryan Kao, for getting us 2 tickets to the FLORIDA vs. TENNESSEE game! 50 yard line, 24th row on the student side!
2. david was at work half an hour past his normal time yesterday. :(
3. kallie's parents are taking us on a trip to north carolina october 19-23. we're incredibly excited. shopping, biltmore, fall leaves, and 60 degrees.
4. kallie's website is looking sweet. it has taken some wonderful turns the last few days. we can't wait for everyone to see it!
5. last night we had the heaviest rain we've seen in a long time. the lightning was scary and our lights flickered a whole lot, but we kept our electricity. phew.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
So let me say again...we play North Korea, in China, on September 11.
If the US cared more about soccer, there would be some crazy political implications surrounding this game. But we will all be sleeping through it.
Either way, most people are saying it will be the best game of the tournament, given that the US is ranked #1 and N Korea is #5.
Oh, and we also have #3 ranked Sweden and African champion Nigeria in our group.
Anyone else raising en eyebrow at the chances of that? It happened to the Men in last summer's tournament, too (Italy, Czech, and Ghana).
Friday, September 7, 2007
Unfortunately, all ties aren't yet cut. I need to go in week after next to catch Paula up on some of the things I've been taking care of. Then, I'm also on call. One day a month or less, she can call me to come in and work for her for $10 an hour. I'll come in if I can and if I can't, then I can't. At least I'll get paid.
Phew. I'm sweaty now. It's hard to do that. She's upset. I knew she would be. But I'm mostly free now. So that's cool.
Growing up is difficult.
www.kalliebrynn.com is coming along quite well. We're both very excited! It should be up in a few weeks! Yay!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
It's about Iran's culture/soccer/women's rights, which is the movie turn-off trifecta for a lot of people (well, maybe just the first two), but is actually a wonderful movie.
Most of it is filmed during Iran's world cup qualifying game against Bahrain last year, and is centered around a group of girls who aren't allowed to watch the game, but try and sneak in anyway.
So if you need a good dose of girl power and further proof that Iran's government is crazy, or if you want to get pumped up for the women's world cup that starts next week (USA is ranked #1), go watch it. Two thumbs up.
edit: After Iran beat Japan in a game leading up to the game featured in the film, 7 men and women were killed in Tehran. They were protesting women not being allowed into the game. The government militiamen were seen using clubs, chains, and knives against the demonstrators.
"Hey girl. This is embarrassing but I am running a fever and am at the doctor with laryngitis. I feel ashamed to cancel and text, but I can't talk. I will email when home."
POOR THING! Both times, these are things she can't control. My message back:
"Aw. Poor thing! That is just no fun. No worries again. We'll just reschedule when you're well. Feel better!"
I have to say, this is probably a good thing. I can BARELY WALK! (David and I went running two days ago and it murdered me!) It's worse than yesterday. So I'll sit and work on my website instead.